A Little Distracted

It’s weird when a public personality dies. You didn’t know them, yet maybe you feel a bit sad. Should you write about it? Ignore it? Or do like I did today, spending most of it surfing the internet reading obits and stories about Steve Jobs.

Anyway, I came across his 2005 commencement address to Stanford University. Probably one of the most inspiring talks I’ve ever heard. 15 mins long. Also available here. If you prefer to read the text, it’s here.


“I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

RIP, Steve Jobs.

13 Comments

  1. I wrote about it. I was moved to tears when I heard the news. I don’t care if my reaction was appropriate or not—someone lost the battle to cancer, and in one way or another, that’s everyone’s loss.

    I’ve read people’s comments: “It’s disrespectful to mourn him if you don’t know him personally.” I think that’s bullshiz. We’re all connected, and we all know—or will know—someone great who loses the battle. It’s okay to talk about it.

  2. “Stay hungry, stay foolish” a great quote to end on. And one I think captures the passion everyone should have for their life.

  3. Watching with tears. I love it I love it, I just love it. I am so sad by his loss, Christine. It only gives us more conviction to follow our hearts, doesn’t it? THANK YOU for sharing!

  4. Christine, thanks for posting the commencement address. In late August, when our kids (entering 8th and 5th grades) were getting ready to re-start school, we all watched that together as a lesson to develop and follow a passion, to risk failure, and to make the most of each day. We talked a lot about Steve Jobs then and his legacy. Both my kids (ages 10 and 13) were really affected by his passing yesterday, as were we.

  5. Nicely crafted tribute – you’re right, do what you think is good work, the rest will follow. Thnx!

  6. Even if you didn’t know him personally, you can still be inspired. The message to love what you do should resonate with everyone. After all, what is the point to living if you don’t love what you are doing? If you don’t love it, change it.

  7. I think Steve Jobs was an example of how God leads our lives, even if we don’t notice. What is admirable about Steve is how in an era of complications and millions of options, simpleness is what we most prefer.

  8. Yes, we were thinking as well about how life is so short and we are all NOT immune to death at any moment. Living life to the fullest is the only way to live.

    Hearing of his passing, and the sadness we felt really put that in perspective. Passing at 56!… so young!

    listening to his speech also solidified for us that we are living life exactly the way we should be because we truly are happy.

    Thank you both for the important reminders!

    Nancy & Shawn

  9. I wrote about this as well, imagining the thousands of people watching Jobs’ video at the same time. It is quite humbling to see the outpouring of collective grief someone can inspire. Thank you for these beautiful words in remembrance.

  10. Having worked for Apple for 18 years and leaving a short two months ago, it was a difficult day. I had to shut down my computer yesterday because I couldn’t read anymore. It was too hard.

    Before I did though, I found this article that made me smile, because it put the man back in the person, not just the iconic figure that he was and will always be.

    http://paloalto.patch.com/articles/my-neighbor-steve-jobs

  11. This was just what I needed. Stay hungry. Stay foolish. I feel both as I embark on a year of writing. Even though I know I will learn from failure, it is still hard to accept.

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